Course Details

962: Dickinson's Daughters

February 1, 2, 3, 4 5
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Emily Dickinson famously said that "Poets light but Lamps—." In the widening circumference of America's most notable American poets are four who wrote about Dickinson and whose own work reflects different aspects of the genius Dickinson. On each of the four days of this class, we will look at the work of Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, and Sylvia Plath (with a coda given to recent laureate Tracy K. Smith) in the context of the poems and the life of Emily Dickinson as they—and we—try to understand her.

Class Format: Lecture and Discussion

Hours of Reading: Less than 1 hour/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Eleanor Heginbotham
Having "retired" from a lifetime of teaching in many countries, including a Fulbright in Hong Kong and ten years as Professor at Concordia, and publishing extensively about Emily Dickinson and other American writers, Eleanor Heginbotham has enjoyed the company of OLLI compatriots by SGL'ing many semesters for the past 15 years.

Reading List:

The Poems of Emily Dickinson. Reading Edition. Ed. by R. W. Franklin (Ralph Franklin, Editor) | 0: Harvard U. Press | ISBN: 0-674-67624-6 | Required